Hmmm....so this is what it's like in the world of AOL...blogging...making new friends......sharing my story...my thoughts.....my days. Pretty nifty, I must say! Thanks Mike, I'm honored to share your space!
Hello everyone! Glad to "meet" you! ...and thanks for the warm welcome via your comments to Mike. He's quite the amazing person, isn't he!? (And no...he didn't pay me to say that!)
Well....in a nutshell...I'm a proud wife, an over-joyed mother of an unbelievably awesome 4 year old daughter...and now, finally...an EMT rookie. Life is good!
(I'll let Mike tell you our story, how we met...about our friendship...and so on....it's an interesting one!)
Me? Well...I had been in the Marketing field for 10 years. Before I started my EMT career I was a Marketing Director. It was fun, I was good at it...it paid the bills and then some....but, there was just so much missing. You see, Mike and I met in 1993. From the day we met, I was VERY interested in his line of work in emergency medicine. I would pick his brain at every opportunity. I always thought it would be an awesome job....but, life got in the way. Actually, it was more like a crappy illness got in the way...and I do mean crappy (pun totally intended!). For 12 years I was sick...pretty freaking sick. I had ulcerative colitis. I won't bore you or sicken you with the details...its pretty gross. Just know that my life was dictated by my daily battle with this horrendous disease. Finally, in 2006 my battle was near ending...I was beyond ill...my meds were no longer working ...and it was time to fight back...and kick this damn disease to the curb. I had options...not the most pleasant ones...but, options nonetheless. At the ripe age of 31 I decided to go against what everyone was telling me ...and pull the plug on the ole large intestine (literally). I had major surgery which involved removing my entire colon...and getting some, as Mike would say, "alternate plumbing". Well....lucky thing for me...I had a great doctor, supportive family and friends...and one particular Best Friend (can you guess who?) who helped me get through this. Well kids, it was the best damn decision I've ever made. You see, once it was all taken out...it was pretty evident to my surgeon that I would have had colon cancer in a matter of months! Whew.....
After my surgery I had the pleasure of staying at the Cleveland Clinic for nearly an entire month (another story...but, I'll spare you). Anyway...the entire staff of doctors, ET nurses, RNs...everyone..was AMAZING! They helped me in more ways than I can count! ...and that was when it hit me! It was time to give back...it was time to break out of this rut that I had lived in for 12 plus years...it was time to take the plunge...see the sights...meet the people. I went on a few ride-alongs with Mike (see his blogs...we had some advetures to say the least!). I enrolled in school... and now....here I am! An EMT...with the best teacher in the world...as my partner! Lucky me.....
More to come......soon! I look forward to hearing from you....and again....thank you for welcoming me!